Former Premier League defender Radhi Jaidi praised all connected with South Shields after leading Southampton to victory in the inaugural South Shields FC International Tournament over the weekend.

The Saints’ Under-23s team defeated hosts Shields 3-0 in Saturday’s semi-final before seeing off the challenge of Olympique de Marseille with a 2-0 victory in Sunday’s final.

Ex-Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City and Southampton defender Jaidi – who won 105 caps for Tunisia during his playing days – manages the impressive young Saints, and was full of praise for the hosts after a successful weekend.

He posted on Twitter: “Thank you for the warm welcome and hospitality, South Shields FC.

“Great atmosphere and good experience for our boys.

“Happy to win the tournament.”

Southampton’s academy is renowned, having nurtured the likes of Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and numerous other top-flight stars over the last two decades.

The future continues to appear bright at St Mary’s, with a number of youngsters catching the eye over the weekend at Mariners Park, including Jake Hesketh, who scored twice against Shields.

The club would like to thank all involved with Southampton, Marseille and Celtic for visiting Mariners Park, and we hope they all enjoyed the weekend.

IMAGE: Kev Wilson.